Western Ireland Tour: From Connemara to the Ring of Kerry

14 days – EUR 1,398.00 pp in dbl-room1
Athlone, Galway, Adare, Dingle, Killorglin, Bantry, Cork, Dublin

The tour of Ireland begins in Dublin, famous for its folklore, culture and breweries, then heads west to explore Ireland's most beautiful sites: Clonmacnoise, the spiritual and geographical heart of the island, as well as Connemara, the Aran Islands and the Ring of Kerry.


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1st day: Athlone

Idyllic lakeside location: Golf course hotel near Glasson
Idyllic lakeside location: Golf course hotel near Glasson
Site of an ancient religious order: Clonmacnoise
Site of an ancient religious order: Clonmacnoise
You arrive at the airport in Dublin.

Rental car pick-up
Type: Opel Astra or similar
Pick-up location: Dublin Airport

Into the heart of Ireland
Distance: 130 km Travel time: 2:00 h

From Dublin you will head northwest along the Royal Canal as far as Kinnegad before turning off towards Athlone on the banks of the River Shannon.

Auf der M4 und der N6 nach Athlone.

Accommodation: A golf course hotel

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The 4-star hotel in Country Westmeath near Athlone sits on the property of one of the best golf courses in Ireland. The picturesque village of Glasson in the immediate vicinity boasts award-winning pubs. The hotel offers 65 large rooms and an excellent restaurant. Guests not interested in playing golf can enjoy strolls along the numerous paths that lead through the tranquil lakelands.


Details: Clonmacnoise
The fascinating ruins of an ancient monastery lie on the River Shannon south of Athlone. Constructed in 548, the monastery quickly rose to prominence due to its central location along major waterways and land routes. A succession of churches were built on the site over the next 700 hundred years. In the 12th century the facility was the cultural and religious centre of medieval Ireland. The monastery began to decline in importance with the arrival of Vikings in the region and was later torched by the Normans. In the 17th century Oliver Cromwell ordered Clonmacnoise to be destroyed along with numerous other Irish monasteries. The best way to approach the site, a national monument, is by boat from the River Shannnon.
Map: 1st day: Athlone

3rd day: Galway

Idyllic setting: A lodge on the shores of Lough Corrib
Idyllic setting: A lodge on the shores of Lough Corrib
Connemara: Sheep, water, tranquility ©Herve Patinec
Connemara: Sheep, water, tranquility ©Herve Patinec
To the Atlantic
Distance: 110 km Travel time: 2:00 h

The route leads west to Galway Bay on the coast of the Atlantic. About 4 miles north of Loughrea in the village of Bullaun is the Turoe Stone. The Celtic-decorated stone has been dated to around 300 BC and was presumably used in religious rituals due to the magic powers ascribed to it.

Accommodation: A lodge by the shores of Lough Corrib

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The elegant early Victorian mansion is set in 180 acres of parkland on the shores of idyllic Lough Corrib. The informal country atmosphere and unpretentious hospitality enable guests to relax and feel at home from the moment they enter the door. The 15 bedrooms have enchanting views of the lake or mountains. Guests can relax in any of three drawing rooms equipped with rows of book-filled shelves. The generous breakfast buffet is laid out on the dining room sideboard each morning, and a five-course - highly recommended - dinner is available in the evening.


Details: Connemara
Connemara is a sublimely beautiful region northwest of Galway consisting of lakes, mountains, cliffs and beaches. The popular tourist destination is one of the few remaining areas where Irish is still spoken, and road signs are in Gaelic only. Travellers who take a scenic drive along the coast should stop in Clifden for a walk along the incredible Sky Road (12 km altogether) that leads west along the coastline.
Map: 3rd day: Galway

5th day: Adare

Via Ennis and Limerick
Distance: 120 km Travel Time: 1:50 h

On your way to the center of Ireland, you will pass Ennis and Limerick. While the first is famous for traditional Irish Folk music, the latter is well known for a certain 5-line-poem with comical or obscene intend, called Limerick. Here is one expample for countless other Limericks:

There was a young lady of Niger,
Who smiled as she rode on a tiger.
    They returned from the ride
    With the lady inside
And the smile on the face of the tiger.

Accommodation: A former convent near Adare

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The quiet location in the county of Limerick hosted a conventwith an integrated boarding school in the 19th Century. Allegedly now Ireland's prettiest village, Adare,could be reached on foot by the pupils. A long time has passed since studentsand monks have left the place. The building fell into disrepair and was finallysold and converted to a lodge. It has won several rewards since the 1980's, perhapsnot only for the good food, the style or the comfort of the rooms, but for thefact that the place has preserved its spirituality. The trees in the park arenow over a hundred years old and the herb garden enriches the kitchen of thehouse. The outstanding restaurant attracts food and wine connoisseurs fromaround the world. Most guests stay in the main house, but some also in the schoolbuilding.
Map: 5th day: Adare

6th day: Dingle

On the shores of Dingle Bay: A luxury guesthouse
On the shores of Dingle Bay: A luxury guesthouse
A picture-book fishing village: Dingle
A picture-book fishing village: Dingle
Through Kerry
Distance: 120 km Travel Time: 1:50 h

The trip takes you through Kerry, where sheep take delight in green gras and humans in the most idyllic landscape.

Accommodation: A luxury guesthouse on Dingle Bay

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The modern 4-star hotel on the southern coast of the Dingle Peninsula is only a 10-minute walk from the Dingle town centre. All 12 bedrooms are large, bright and furnished to the highest standard. Several superb golf courses are located in the vicinity. The vibrant town of Dingle offers a surprising array of pubs and restaurants, many of which feature live music. The luxurious guesthouse makes an excellent base for exploring the Dingle Peninsula.


Details: Dingle
Of the three Kerry Peninsulas, Dingle is the most barren and remote. The stark landscapes make it a favourite among artists and photographers. A number of prehistoric stone monuments in addition to early medieval churches and Bronze Age fortresses can be found on the peninsula. Mount Brandon, the highest peak, soars nearly 1,000 m above the coast. The town of Dingle is a picturesque fishing village with colourful houses and friendly pubs.
Map: 6th day: Dingle

8th day: Killorglin

Like a painting: View from a hideaway on the Ring of Kerry
Like a painting: View from a hideaway on the Ring of Kerry
Stunning scenery away from it all: A former hunting lodge
Stunning scenery away from it all: A former hunting lodge
Picturesque landscapes: Killarney National Park
Picturesque landscapes: Killarney National Park
To Killorglin Bay
Distance: 70 km Travel time: 1:00 h

The short leg leads along the southern coast of the Dingle Peninsula.

Accommodation: A hunting lodge on the shores of Caragh Lake

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The Victorian residence was originally built in 1850 for use as a hunting lodge by Lord Brockett. Today it is one of the most renowned in Ireland and has attracted numerous nature-lovers, adventurers and poets to its doors. The property sits on an isolated spot directly on the shore of Caragh Lake. Guests cherish the clean air, the beautiful gardens framed by natural green woodlands and the gorgeous views of the Kerry Mountains across the lake.

Possible activities include hiking, mountain climbing, horseback riding, fishing and sailing, or just relaxing in front of the fireplace in the lounge with a good book. A restaurant is part of the lodge. However, less expensive options can be found in the neighborhood.

Details: Killarney
Killarney National Park protects some of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Ireland within its 25,000 acres. At the centre of the park are three blue lakes surrounded by an almost subtropical ecology. The rolling hills of the park are covered with tree ferns, "strawberry trees", bamboo forests and rose trees, among other things. Visitors can explore the park on their own or book a guided tour, some of which include boot and horse-drawn carriage rides.

Details: Ring of Kerry
One of the most popular and beautiful coastal routes in Ireland is the Ring of Kerry. It leads around the Iveragh Peninsula, along lonely shores, past wild moors and rugged mountain scenery. In between you will pass idyllic fishing villages. To avoid the heavy traffic in the summer, we recommend an early departure. Because of the narrow roads, one may only drive along in a counter clockwise direction. A hiking version of this path is the walking trail Kerry Way.
Map: 8th day: Killorglin

9th day: Bantry

An Italian garden at Garinish Island
An Italian garden at Garinish Island
Ring of Kerry
Distance: 200 km Travel time: 4:00 h

The Ring of Kerry is one of the most spectacular coastal routes in Ireland. It leads around the edge of Iveragh Peninsula with its rugged coastlines, barren moorlands and steep cliffs. A number of idyllic fishing villages line the route. To avoid the heavy tourist traffic in the summer, we recommend starting out early.

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
Nancy's modern house in the beautiful environment of West Cork has been awarded several times. Her many returning guests appreciate the warm welcome, a relaxed homely atmoshpere and a superb breakfast. The rooms are pleasant, functional and well priced. Views are spectacular, especially if the weather is fine. The Main Street with its amenities is just a short walk away.


Details: Garinish Island
The island also known as Ilnacullin in the Bay of Bantry covers about 37 acres and is famous for its gardens. In the subtropical micro-climate of Glengarriff harbour exotic trees and shrubs thrive that cannot be found anywhere else in Europe. The gardens were designed by the English architect landscaper Harald Peto in the 1920s. The island can reached by ferry services operating from Glengarriff during the season that runs from March to October. The fare does not include entrance to the gardens but does usually include a tour of the nearby seal colony.
Map: 9th day: Bantry

11th day: Cork

Imposing Victorian façade: A villa in Cobh
Imposing Victorian façade: A villa in Cobh
Point of departure for the New World: Cobh harbour
Point of departure for the New World: Cobh harbour
The coast of southern Ireland
Distance: 130 km Travel time: 2:00 h

The leg leads around the southern tip of Ireland, which enjoys a mild climate due to the Gulf Stream.

Accommodation: A villa in Cobh

1 Night, Bed & Breakfast
The imposing villa built in 1840 stands in Cobh, the point of departure for thousands of famished emigrants to the New World. The original style of the interior has been largely maintained in harmony with the early Victorian façade. On chilly days visitors can warm up around the open fireplace in the drawing room. The large bedrooms feature four-poster beds and other interesting antiques. The only thoroughly modern rooms are the bathrooms. Host Pam, who used to manage a supermarket, is as efficient as she is hospitable.


Details: Cobh
Southeast of Cork, the third largest city in Ireland, is Great Island, which is now connected to the mainland by a bridge. At the south end of the island is the small port of Cobh, the point where countless impoverished Irish citizens left for the New World. The Heritage Centre in Cobh contains information on the periods of famine and emigration and on the Titanic, whose last stop was Cobh.
Map: 11th day: Cork

12th day: Dublin

Where schoolbells rang: A schoolhouse converted to a hotel
Where schoolbells rang: A schoolhouse converted to a hotel
Splits Dublin into rich and poor halves: The River Liffey
Splits Dublin into rich and poor halves: The River Liffey
Rock of Cashel
Distance: 260 km Travel time: 3:30 h

On the way to the capital you will pass the Rock of Cashel, one of the most important historical monuments in Ireland. Believed to be the site where the King of Munster was converted by St. Patrick in the 6th century, most parts of the massive fortress crowning the hill were built in the 12th and 13th centuries.
Rental car drop off
Drop off location: Dublin City/Dowtown


Accommodation: An old schoolhouse

2 Nights, Bed & Breakfast
The venerable schoolhouse was designed by the same Dublin architects that created the Museum of Trinity College. From 1861 to 1969 it served as the home of St. Stephen's Parochial School and was the centre of the Easter Rising in 1916, one of the country's most important rebellions against British rule. After the final ringing of the schoolbells the building stood vacant for 30 years before being carefully restored and converted to 4 star hotel. The individually decorated bedrooms were named after famous Irish authors. What was once a large classroom is now the site of a gourmet restaurant that includes the Schoolhouse Bar, which is frequented by many locals.


Details: Dublin
The capital on the east coast with its 500,000 residents is without doubt the political and cultural centre of Ireland. Around one-third of the island's total population lives in the Dublin metropolitan area. The layout of the Dublin was determined by the River Liffey, which runs straight through the city and splits it into a poor northern half and a rich southern half before flowing through the harbour into the sea. A settlement called "Dubh Linn" ("black pool") must have existed even before 450 AD, when many of the citizens were converted to Christianity by St. Patrick. The city was ruled by many different invaders throughout its long and eventful history. Much of the architecture that dominates in the old town dates back to the 18th century, when Ireland enjoyed a brief phase of peaceful respite and the population of Dublin soared from 65,000 to over 200,000. Most of the buildings that make up Trinity College were constructed during this period, such as the stately Old Library, as were numerous other famous landmarks, like St. James Gate Brewery, home to Guinness beer. Fresh samples of the famous brew are available at the visitors' centre, which is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Map: 12th day: Dublin

14th day: Dublin

Departure

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Rental car

Rental car company: AVIS (Ireland)
Type: Opel Astra or similar (Group B)

Equipment: Radio/CD

Maximum excess : EUR1200 + VAT (standard cover)
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Services The price is per person based on two persons sharing a double room and includes accommodations (meals included as stated above) and rental car (if stated above).

USD 1,859.001
(EUR 1,398.00)1




The tour can begin on any date desired.
Best Travel Time:
April – October

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